Today marks another anniversary of the cowardly attack on the Twin Towers. We compare that to the earlier attack of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and call it the “day of Infamy”.
While we grieve and pay homage to the lost, don’t forget that there was an even earlier cowardly attack on innocent civilians, that time was in Utah Territory.
On a bright September morn, September 11, 1857, an immigrant wagon train was attacked at a place that was later come to be known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
This involved a Paiute war party and Mormon militia.
For some reason, Brigham Young, the dictator of Utah, decided that this wagon train of future settlers in California was a threat to him and his establishment.
The wagons were circled, and in the first onslaught there were 15 settlers killed.
Then the flag of truce was produced and the remaining adults, women, teens and a five year old, were led away and shot in cold blood.
The remaining infants were taken by local Mormon families to raise, and only years later were returned to relatives still back in Arkansas.
No one of the Mormon leadership was ever called to judgement for this terrorist act, but a John D. Lee was tried and hung for the organization of the deed.
Today the murders are quietly ignored by placing small signs at the scene, and labeling the site only as the Mountain Meadows.
There is a good chance that local history is not taught in Utah schools, and made clear that we have more than one 9/11.